Palestine 2013. Director/writer Hany Abu-Assad.
The director is back to his best form for this film that earned him another Academy Award nomination.
This is a powerful love story set against the backdrop of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The titular hero gives a star performance as the young baker in love with a girl whose brother he must impress by killing an Israeli soldier, to win her hand.
The plot goes badly wrong and allows an Israeli intelligence agent to force Omar to work for him with drastic results.
In the end this is an ingenious twist on Othello although it starts like Romeo and Juliet, and the final twist is a stunner.
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